Notre Dame: Origins of a Phoenix

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It was with horror that the world watched the famed Notre Dame Cathedral burn this week. We held our collective breath as the Paris Fire Brigade, a unit of the French Army, battled… Continue reading

Canada at Vimy Ridge

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… a defining moment for Canada, when the country emerged from under the shadow of Britain and felt capable of greatness. Tim Cook, Canadian War Museum Last Tuesday, as I prepared this post,… Continue reading

The Southern Colonies

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When Americans think about the Revolutionary War, which gave this country freedom from British rule, certain iconic images come to mind. The Boston Tea Party, for example, or Paul Revere’s ride. The battle… Continue reading

Winchester House: Designed by Guilt, Superstition, or Esoteric Knowledge?

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Over the preceding weeks, we have presented American castles with odd or supernatural histories, but the subject of today’s post is by far the weirdest house in these United States. There are theories… Continue reading

Finding Jamestown

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Did you know there are two Jamestowns to visit? It is a bit disconcerting when you follow the Colonial Parkway and come to signs pointing in two directions. We went straight, toward Historic… Continue reading

The Yellow Slave Trade

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Recently, a human trafficking operation was exposed in Florida, in which young Chinese girls were imported under the guise of finding legitimate employment and then made to perform sexual acts from the cover… Continue reading

Party with Your Boots On!!

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  I am going to break into my series on American castles to share a taste of true Texas heritage and tradition. As the saying goes, I was not born in Texas, but I got… Continue reading

Cruising the Nile

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Relaxing, slow, refreshing… What words do you think of when you hear the word cruise? River cruises have become particularly attractive, and in spite of worldwide unrest. How about challenging and adventurous? That… Continue reading

President’s Day

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American celebrated President’s Day this past week, as we have every third Monday in February since 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, to enable Americans a host of three-day weekends.… Continue reading

Hearst Castle: A House Fit for a Mistress

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    He was a 56 year old publishing magnate. She was a 22 year old silent film actress and comedian. It is believed they met long before the affair began, but once… Continue reading